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The Phoenix Conspiracy (The Phoenix Conspiracy Series Book 1)
The Phoenix Conspiracy (The Phoenix Conspiracy Series Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, 15 Jun 2014
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This is a good, fast paced story that doesn't let up. The characters are well defined and the action is described well. A few typos that are easily overlooked and some funny formatting that you get used to be the end of chapter one. Recommended to all.


The Black Guard (The Long War 1)
The Black Guard (The Long War 1)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bad star, great middle, interesting end, 23 Mar 2014
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I will be honest here, I almost consigned this book to the bin. At 20% in I had become fed up with all the info dumping back stories... I bought another book and read that instead... then came back to this one. And I am glad I did. The middle section picks up the pace and the story really moves along with blood, guts and excitement. The ending is good though there was a death that I lamented and didn't see coming from the description - perhaps it was just handled too blithely and without the emotional weight I'd expected.

Worth reading and enjoyable. I'll pick up the next one to see how it develops.


The Grim Company (The Grim Company 1)
The Grim Company (The Grim Company 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark 'n Gritty, 15 Feb 2014
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It is a dark and gritty tale. The world building is excellent and I enjoyed the set up of the Magelords and the war against the Gods. The characters are well drawn though I did wonder, as I read, why the 'hero' shifted from one person to another as the book progressed. This was perhaps clever plotting, bearing mind the ending and the set up for book two, or the realisation that the original hero wasn't that likeable and heroic. I am choosing to believe it was the former of the two - the book is too well written and engrossing for it to be the latter.


Breach Zone
Breach Zone
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting end, 29 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Breach Zone (Kindle Edition)
Myke Cole has created an entirely believable reaction to magic appearing in the world. Like the previous books there is no let up in the pace and the excitement. The switches of viewpoint keep it all moving and it brings together all the characters of the previous books. More than that it makes it very clear how they have been changed by their experience. Recommended to all!


Pandemonium: 1853
Pandemonium: 1853
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different, 18 Jan 2014
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I like stories I can read over a cup of coffee and these fit the bill. There are some parts I wish were longer because i found the situation and characters interesting. If you like short stories, pick it up and enjoy.


Lucky or Unlucky? 13 Stories of Fate
Lucky or Unlucky? 13 Stories of Fate
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big mix, 17 Jan 2014
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This collection of short stories rarely puts a foot wrong. I it dances from traditional fantasy through a western and into the modern day. Each voice is distinct and each tale a treasure. If I was you, I'd buy it, read it and enjoy it.


Fortress Frontier (Shadow Ops 2)
Fortress Frontier (Shadow Ops 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better get betters again!, 8 Jan 2014
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This is even better than book 1: Control point!

Myke Cole introduces a new character - Bookbinder - who is so well constructed that you can easily inhabit his world, and his view. The action comes thick and fast but there is a human heart at the centre of it all. When the world collapses on Bookbinder, as he faces crisis, as he grows, changed and realises who he really is - we are right there with him.

It overlaps with Control Point and, yes, Oscar is in this one too - he just isn't the focal point. It is a clever way to construct a sequel and it works so well.

I bought this book straight after writing the review of book 1 (7th Jan) and finished it a day later (and I worked a 12 hour day inbetween! - colleagues / work mates - this book is why I looked so tired today!).

I have just pre-ordered the 3rd book... 20 days of waiting.

Do yourself a favour, buy the first one, read it, buy the second one, read it. You won't be disappointed.


Control Point (Shadow Ops 1)
Control Point (Shadow Ops 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helluva ride, 7 Jan 2014
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I enjoyed this book. It reminds me of a Lee Childs/Jack Reacher with magic and more family involved. The story is fast paced and there is no let up. The main hero gets thrown into situation after situation - there is a lot for him to overcome. My only (very slight) gripe is the main hero does some stupid things occasionally and changes his mind more often than his underwear (there is no mention of underwear changing - not a bad thing!!).

Having finished this one I immediately bought the next! - what better recommendation is there than that.


Meta
Meta
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mega-meta, 4 Jan 2014
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Yes, this book is short. Actually no, this book isn't short it is the perfect length for the story it tells so ignore the first sentence. What you have here is a Saturday morning cinema serial in book form where every chapter leaves makes you want to read the next - you just can't leave it alone.

It takes the superhero origin story and points out all the bits that could go wrong - how easy is it for a superpowered being to very stupid and get themselves killed (and the Darwin awards would have a lot of material out of this book)? - There are lots of ideas, concepts and rules thrown in along the way that mean, after the climax at the end, you just know there is going to be a book 2 or 22.

Buy it, read it, you won't regret it!


Wrath of the Medusa (The Bloodline Trilogy Book 2)
Wrath of the Medusa (The Bloodline Trilogy Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 - more twists and turns, 4 Jan 2014
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You've read book 1 - you know the land, the main characters and the overarching threat to it all. You think you know it all - well, by the end of "Wrath of the Medusa" you realise you didn't. Like all good stories there are hidden motivations, love, betrayal, and lots of action.

You have to keep reading as one revelation after another forces you re-evaluate and re-think where the story is going and how it will all turn out in the. The writing is crisp and clean with barely a word wasted.

All we have to do now, is wait for Book 3 and ponder - did that really happen? Surely not? Because that means... or does it?


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